Tate Modern

Living Cities

Blavatnik Building Level 4 West

George Economou Gallery

Artists around the world have examined the modern city in a range of works

This display includes artists from Beirut, Cairo, Los Angeles, as well as Kharkov in the Ukraine, making parallels and exploring differences between the cities in which they find themselves. The artworks range from panoramic overviews to close-up images recording the minutiae of daily life.

The diverse selection of materials within the display, including couscous and rubber, reflects the many different locations and cultural contexts in which these artists are working.

Living Cities is presented in The George Economou Gallery.


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Art in this display

Kader Attia Untitled (Ghardaïa)


Mark Bradford Los Moscos


Monika Sosnowska Pavilion


Rooms in this display

Fernell Franco: Until 30 June 2019

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Living Cities: Central room

This display includes a variety of responses to the modern city from artists around the world, ranging from explorations of ...

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